Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Where to begin

From the Restoration Hardware Source Book:

“I can’t get no . . . satisfaction.”

Those famous words, belted out by Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones in 1963, established the group as defiant troublemakers, and the leaders of rock ’n’ roll’s anti-establishment movement. In a 1992 Vanity Fair profile Mick said, “I wasn’t trying to be rebellious in those days. I was just being me.” Forty-eight years later, as I witness Sir Mick (knighted in 2003 for his services to music) on stage at this year’s Grammys, he remains passionate, ageless, completely authentic and clearly...unsatisfied.

Let us all find inspiration from “just being me.”

In the past year, while many chose to lower quality to reduce prices, we chose to be the defiant troublemakers of our industry, raising quality and elevating design. Today’s Restoration Hardware is a personal expression of what we believe in, design we are passionate about, produced by artisans who in their own right are creating a cultural revolution.

In this, our first-ever Source Book, witness items that, like rock ‘n’ roll did in the ’60s, push their established boundaries and stimulate ideas of a new and evolving way to furnish our homes. Items like the Aviator Wing Desk, courtesy of Timothy Oultonof London, inspired by World War II fighter planes, the 1940s Hollywood Studio Lamp, by Theo Eicholtz of Amsterdam, used to light movie sets during Hollywood’s golden age, the Polyhedron Pendant, by Mark Sage and Rudi Nijssen of Belgium, reconsiders the geometric form as a striking light fixture, and our 8-foot-tall Eiffel Tower Architectural Model evokes the grace and grandeur of the Parisian landmark. Decidedly cool, these are just some of the items that promise to bring an anti-establishment spirit to your home.

Are we defiant troublemakers?

If it means being able to move onstage like Sir Mick, sign me up.

In the spirit of “just being me,” we will continue to push the boundaries, be authentic to our own unique point of view, never tire, and refuse to act our age. Because we, like the Stones...“Can’t get no...satisfaction.”

Carpe Diem,

Gary Friedman
Chairman & Co-Chief Executive Officer



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